St. Mary, St. Patrick, St. Philip Parishes February 18, 2024

First Sunday of Lent

PO Box 35 Seneca WI 54654

Website: https://www.catholicchurchesofncc.com/


Mass Intentions This Week




7:00 PM

St. Pat

LaVerne & Rose Krachey 25thAnniversary (Family)




7:30 AM

St. Pat

+ Rita Hamann (Phylis Olson)




9:00 AM

St. Mary

Living & Deceased Members of My Parishes




10:30 AM

St. Philip

Barney Johnson (Randy & Anne Kramer Family)




8:30 AM

St. Pat

+ Mark Martin (Barbara Martin)




8:30 AM

St. Philip

+ Sue Tiller (Caroline Mann)




8:30 AM

St. Pat

+ Lawrence & Monica Bay (Family)




8:30 AM

St. Mary

+ Mick Geyer (Mary Walters)




8:30 AM

St. Pat

+ All Souls






Second Sunday of Lent




7:00 PM

St. Pat

+ Rilla Oppriecht




7:30 AM

St. Pat

Living & Deceased Members of My Parishes




9:00 AM

St. Mary

+ Paul Scheckel (Beth Scheckel)




10:30 AM

St. Philip

+ J. Byron & Florence Moran (Jerry Moran Family)

Confessions: Usually, 30 minutes before every Mass and by appointment.


Monthly Eucharistic Adoration:

* St. Patrick: First Friday after the 8:30 AM Mass

* St. Philip: First Sunday after the 10:30 AM Mass with confessions for 30 minutes.


Pastor: Fr. Tom Huff -- [email protected] St. Patrick's Rectory 608-734-3252

Bookkeeper: Angie Martin -- 608-734-3931 [email protected]

Bulletin/Mass Intentions/Membership: Yvonne Hady -- 608 485-2109 [email protected]

Bulletin Information Deadline: Tuesdays at 4:00 PM. Bulletin is posted on our website.



Wednesdays During Lent – Feb. 21 through March 20

6:00 PM Stations of the Cross at St. Mary’s followed by Soup Suppers



Income from Last Week

St. Mary


St. Patrick


St. Philip
















Votive Candles


Initial Offering
















FYI: See Informative Articles on our Parish Website about: The use of Morphine use for Palliative care; The nine Benefits of the Sacrament of Reconciliation; Legitimate reasons for missing Sunday Mass; The dangers of the Ouija board; Helping our Youth with depression and suicide; and Abortion Regret.  

From the Pastor’s Desk:


Chaos and The Boat of Noah and The Barque of Saint Peter


The Book of Genesis tells us how God brought order to chaos. Creation originally consisted of a dark, formless, watery, turbulent mass from which God separated darkness and light, dry land and water, earth and sky. In the story of the Flood people have rejected the natural moral order given to them by God and the chaos of sin has taken over. Sin always causes harm and damages order within society. In the story of the Flood, a graphic destruction of the natural order occurs because of sin, the watery chaos before God's intervention returns.


But God has chosen the family of Noah to be saved so they can help create order once again. The words of this new creation are very similar to those of the first creation. Human beings are again given mastery over the world, but this time there is a difference. Men and women will not have the easy relationship they had with the world before things went wrong. There may be a new creation of sorts after the Flood, but it isn’t a totally new beginning. God doesn’t start from scratch. He doesn’t re-create nature, but allows it to return the state He intended it to be. Nor does He re-create the human race, but uses descendants of Adam and Eve.


Sometimes we can become obsessed with fresh starts and new beginnings as we want to turn over a new leaf, as many do at the beginning of Lent. After all, the Sacrament of Baptism calls us to “put on the new man” so as to be remade in God's image and likeness. Yet, even when we want to be faithful to our baptismal promises by being charitable, selfless, kind and forgiving, we may find ourselves struggling to do so. And there is a danger that we might become discouraged and will give up.


To become the person God intended us to be, involves coming out of the waters of chaos and sin. We need to admit that we will never be able to bring moral order and goodness to our lives by ourselves. And this is how the incarnation of Jesus, whereby God takes on our human nature, strengthens and elevates the human nature of every person. We may not be able to create ourselves anew, but by cooperating with God's grace with a contrite heart and repentance, allows God's moral order and holiness to grow and become stronger in our lives.


The ship or barque was an ancient Christian symbol. It represents the Church tossed on the sea of chaos, disbelief, worldliness, and persecution, but finally reaching a safe harbor with its cargo of human souls. This imagery comes from both the ark saving Noah's family during the chaos of the Flood and Jesus calming the chaos of the stormy sea of Galilee when He was on Saint Peter's boat.


Jesus revealed the good news that even though we can never be reborn in the flesh from our mother's womb, we can start anew, every time we repent and turn our lives towards the goodness God calls us to. That is truly a new beginning. We may fear that we may fall again into sin and chaos, yet the good news is that there is always hope to be found in the Barque of St. Peter, the Church founded by Jesus, where He continues to remain to calm the chaos of our lives.



A heart-felt thank you from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and our Diocesan Mission Office for your generous response of prayer and sacrifices for World Mission Sunday. Our parishes contributed a total of $625 to assist in spreading God’s message of hope and peace to the poor, those suffering persecution for their faith, and those who are yet to experience the redeeming power of the Gospel.

ST. MARY Welcomes:

  • Welcome to the Joshua and Ashley Koresh Family and their children to Saint Mary's Parish. They recently joined our Parish and had their new baby Joshua Anthony baptized.

  • Welcome to Kathy Farrell who recently moved to Gays Mills and has joined St. Mary's Parish.

ST. PATRICK Welcomes:

  • Welcome to James and Vanessa Becwar to St. Patrick's Parish. Vanessa was recently received into the Catholic Church, confirmed and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and her First Holy Communion.

  • Welcome to Darren and Chelstie Becwar and their children. Chelstie was recently received into the Catholic Church and confirmed. Chelstie along with the children Broc and Brynlee also received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion.


St. Philip Announcements:

St. Philip Candles: Contact Bonnie Murphy. The cost is $5 per candle.


St. Mary Announcements:

Rosary – 30 minutes before weekend Mass -- St. Mary’s Church is open each day from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You are welcome to stop in to pray and/or light a candle for your special intention.


St. Patrick Announcements:

The Seneca FFA Dairy Team (Brett O'Kane, Carson and Rita Sime, Hayven Smethurst) competed at the World Dairy Expo in October and placed 2nd out of 116 teams! They have been invited to judge internationally in June 2024 in Scotland and Ireland. If you would be willing to donate and sponsor the team's trip to Scotland, please contact a team member or Brigid Loeffelholz 608.737.9177 ext: 1110. They are also selling full and half flats fresh from the field of Florida Strawberries. Full Flat of Strawberries: $30 Half Flat of Strawberries: $16 Orders are due February 22nd and delivery will be March 4th. Anyone wanting to support financially can also send checks to: Seneca School, PO Box 34, Seneca, WI 54654. Checks can be made out to: Seneca FFA: Scotland Thanks so much!


General Announcements:

Healing Mass & Service-Cashton, WI

Are you suffering from physical, spiritual, or psychological distress? God’s will is for you to be whole! A Healing Service will be held on March 4th at Sacred Heart Church-Cashton. The evening begins at 4:30pm with Adoration, devotions, confessions and Holy Mass (5:30), followed by prayers for healing using exorcised and blessed salt, oil, and water, with intercessory prayers by our clergy and lay prayer teams.


Your input is requested! With the ongoing Synod on Synodality, the Church values your feedback regarding how Church structures and organization further or hinder the Church’s mission and how such structures can help all the baptized to respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel. Please take some time to offer consultation using an online questionnaire at  https://forms.office.com/r/SVPGxJChAv Consultation must be received by March 20, 2024. Thank you for your participation.


Domestic Church Retreat The next Domestic Church Retreat will be held April 13-14, 2024, at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Wisconsin Rapids. During the retreat, couples are invited to delve more deeply into the graces of their shared spiritual journey. To register and find out more information, visit https://diolc.org/marriage/marriage-enrichment/

Post-Abortion Healing Retreats – Rachel’s Vineyard – Encounter God’s Mercy

Rachel's Vineyard is a weekend retreat to help anyone who has struggled with the aftermath of abortion to begin healing through a supportive, trauma-sensitive approach. Each weekend is run by a team of trained volunteers (counselor, priest, and lay people) who care deeply for your needs. All interactions with the Rachel's Vineyard retreat team are completely confidential. These retreats will be offered in the Diocese of Madison on March 15-17, 2024, and Nov. 8-10 2024. For more information, visit madisondiocese.org/rachel


DIVINE MERCY IN MY SOUL--- It’s NO accident!  Lent! Christ’s Passion and Crucifixion!  Divine Mercy Sunday – one week after Christ’s Resurrection!  On the Cross, Jesus suffered unimaginable agony for us, taking on our sinful burden and dying for us.  In His revelations to St. Faustina, Christ made it clear, that every afternoon, at 3 o’clock, He wants us to take, AT LEAST A MOMENT, from the busy “now” of our day, to focus on His Passion and Death in the “then” moment of His great agony.  Why? Because “at that moment”, Mercy was opened wide for us.  It is the “hour of great Mercy” …the hour when Mercy triumphed over justice.  This Lent, do we have “at least a moment.”?  (7 Secrets of Divine Mercy)


Tri-Parish Prayer List We want to pray for the ill and others in our parishes who need ongoing prayer. To be placed on or to place someone on our prayer list, please call:

Sue Peterson 608-735-4865, Bonnie Murphy 608-386-4954, or Ica Boylen 608-734-3287.


Betty Raha

Charles Hash

Randy Varo

Mick McCormick

David Jacobsen

Joe Cody

Michael Monehen

Eunice Brown

Mary (Moran) Orvis 

Marian Beall

Janice Coggins

Jenna Friar

Maria Camacho

Bob Wharton

Kitty Boarts

Ethan Dull

Lisa Glass

Sharon Boylen

Jeri Gorman

Kiara Meier

John Johnson

Greg Roth

Lynn Kane

Tom Gillette

Royce Havlik

Shay Vought

Del Bolin

Loretto Berghoff

Rita Helgerson

Jeff Croke

Joyce Fisher

Peter Regnery

Marvin Hansen

Claudia Safley

Muriel Kramer

Ben Huebsch

Larry Boehm

Todd Safley

John & Betty Lynch

Jim O’Connor

Joshua Ecklund

William Wright

Mike Gallagher

Donnie Moran

Fran Leach

Norman Johnson

Phyllis Bell

Patricia Ehorn

Greg Welsh

Alan Whitby

Jeanette Wallenhorst

Sara Triggs

Fr. Zacharie Beya

Shirley Whitby

Jerry Boehm

Paul Berghoff

Otis Boarts

Rihanna Morga

Gary Pinkham

Barb Boland

Leonard Gebhardt

Rick Boehm

Monica Swiggum

Susan Monehen

Linda Cowan





Lenten Regulations

1. Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.


2. In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. [Medical needs can exempt one from these regulations if necessary]